"Sustainable Santee" Opens 15-Acre Sports Complex


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Publication: Parks & Recreation
Date published: October 1, 2010

Santee, California

In September, the City of Santee kicked off the opening of Sportsplex USA Santee with ball games on synthetic fields and a bluegrass concert and festival on the grand lawn. The complex, designed for local and regional adult sports leagues and tournaments, sports camps, high school and college games and special events, is expected to draw more than 350,000 visitors annually.

"Sustainable Santee" is the moniker on the municipal website of the San Diego suburb, and the sports complex offers several innovative, eco-friendly features. Three ball fields and two soccer arenas incorporate synthetic turf and all landscaping is served by reclaimed water from Padre Dam Municipal Water District. The restaurant is also equipped with a solar power system.

The complex's 15 acres, nestled within the 55 -acre Town Center Community Park, contain an impressive list of facilities: three lighted softball fields, four batting cages, two lighted arena soccer fields, spectator seating, parking facilities, and a sports-themed restaurant. The remainder of the park, funded in part by a grant from the National Football League and the San Diego Chargers, will add to that list four lighted synthetic turf ball fields, five shade structures, a large themed play structure, a U.S. Marine Corps memorial, a human sundial, connecting walking trails, and a restroom/concession building.

Not only will the complex serve as home to the 140 softball teams and 40 soccer teams signed up prior to its grand opening; it will also play host to out-of-region tournaments, such as the 2012 National Police and Firefighter Olympics, an event that will attract more than 7,000 players.

The Santee sports complex is all about blending sustainability and community recreation with local economic improvement. With the ability to host 1,000 softball teams and 500 soccer teams annually, its impact will extend to recreational tournaments across the U.S.

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